WICHITA, Kan. (Nov. 13) - Jack Combs scored with 13 seconds left in regulation to push Wichita past Rapid City, 4-3, on Wednesday night at INTRUST Bank Arena. The Thunder moves into first place in the Mountain Division with the victory, now at 19 points.
Combs recorded a pair for the second game in a row while Fabrizio Ricci and Cameron Hebig found the net. Mitch Gillam earned his seventh win of the season, stopping 34 of 37 shots.
Ricci gave Wichita a 1-0 lead with a shorthanded goal at 7:47 of the first. He stole the puck near his own blue line, skated up the right wing and beat Ivan Prosvetov while getting undercut to the ice. Rapid City tied it just 1:13 later as Brennan Saulnier beat Gillam on the power play. At 17:44, Dexter Dancs buried a wrist shot from the slot and gave the Rush their first lead of the game, 2-1.
Combs tied the game early in the second period. He caught a long-lead pass from Gillam, skated in with pressure to his right and slid it past Prosvetov for his fourth of the season.
Early in the third, Tyler Poulsen banged home a weird bounce off the end boards to give the Rush a 3-2 lead. Two minutes later, Hebig tied the game with a wrist shot from the slot. Wichita was awarded a late power play when Eric Israel tripped Combs near the Thunder line. He made them pay, scoring his 5th of the season at 19:47. Combs caught a cross-ice pass from Safin, waited for a second and then fired it past Prosvetov's blocker for the eventual game-winner. Gillam stopped one final chance from Rapid City and the Thunder grabbed the win.
Wichita moves alone into first place and leads the entire ECHL with 19 points. Combs has two points in three of his last four games. Hebig netted his first ECHL goal and first in a Thunder uniform. Safin had two helpers.
The Thunder remains home on Friday night to face the Idaho Steelheads starting at 7:05 p.m.
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